mariano j aznar
I am Professor of Public international Law at the University Jaume I (Spain).
Since 1998, I have been researching and giving legal advice to governments,
international organisations and NGOs on the legal protection of the underwater cultural heritage. I am member of the International Committee for the Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH) of ICOMOS and of Spain's Royal Academy of the Sea.
My scientific research on the legal protection of the underwater cultural heritage is mainly done as university professor, sometimes under R+D Projects. My legal advice to private and public institutions, including governments and international organisations, is performed under the Spanish Law on Universities.
Underwater cultural heritage is under threat.
I'm trying to change that.
Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) is part of our common heritage as humankind. It includes all traces of human remains beneath waters, particularly shipwrecks and submerged maritime and coastal constructions. All these objects are under threat by uncontrolled human activities, but also by extensive looting.
Now let's WORK
Several principles preside the protection of UCH: its in situ presevation as first option, its non-commercialisation, avoiding its irretrievable dispersal, its long-standing conservation under strict scientific standards for the enjoyment of future generation and the promotion of responsible public access.
IT'S UP TO US
Outreach, education and dissemination activities are paramount to change the knowledge and appreciation of UCH by public at large. The ratification and implementación of the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage need to be explained and promoted.
© of the photographs in this website belongs to José A. Moya, Carlos de Juan, ARQVA, the Spain's National Archaeological Museum and the Naval Museum, the Guardia Civil, UNESCO, Ecuador's Navy, the Thyssen-Bornemizsa Collection and my own private collection. Companies are owners of their respectivo logos.